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Petite Sirah: Video Tasting Notes

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Published on Jan 22, 2013

Winemaker Robert Foley discusses the Terroir, Vinification, Flavor Profile, and Cellar-ability of his 2008 Petite Sirah -- a dark and inky combination of Valley Floor and Mountain fruit that will, as Bob says, "tattoo you from the inside out."

For lovers of big, extracted red wines, packed with flavor and fine tannins, this is the variety for you! Not to be con- fused with Syrah... Petite Sirah was originally discovered by a French botanist Francois Durif, working at the Montpel- lier Viticultural Institute in southern France. He found this variety growing in a Peloursin vineyard and discovered that it had good resistance to downy mildew and named it for himself, Durif.

Unfortunately, the tight clusters were prone to bunch rot and the wines that were produced were considered too big and tannic for the French palate and the variety was eliminated and is no longer found in France. It did make its way to California and other parts of the world where it is known as Petite Sirah. There is nothing "petite" about it -- even the berries are very large and the wines can be enormous. The key to user friendliness is patience to allow the seeds to ripen, allowing the tannins to relax. Through genetics, it was determined that this variety was the result of pollination of a Peloursin flower with Syrah pollen.

With Petite Sirah mountain and valley-floor vineyards pro- ducing remarkably different character in recent vintages, we just had to celebrate these different personalities and share them with our friends. Combining the characters of 2006's Muscleman (big and lush) and Pepperland (wild and spicy), this one is just as muscular, ripe and complex as you might expect. This is serious RED WINE!

http://www.robertfoleyvineyards.com/p...

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